Irrigation and safe drinking water for Athang-Thedtsho constituency is the main pledge made by all political parties
As the country is prepared for the 3rd Parliamentary Election of National Assembly, 2018, all the four political parties are busy campaigning and making pledges. Amongst the national pledges, representatives of four political parties of AthangThedtsho constituency prioritize to provide reliable irrigation facilities and the safe drinking water supply.
Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa ( DNT) representative, Kinley Wangchuk said during the Bjena gewog common forum last Tuesday that the party will prioritize in irrigation water supply to Ruebisa, Gasey Tshogom, Gasey Tshowom and to Thedtsho.
“Road base-coursing of all feeder roads, black topping of important roads towards Khotokha that leads to essential institutions within the constituency will be done.”
Amongst the pledges, he said that double up health infrastructures and manpower will be prioritize and in adding that he said that they will provide twice weekly public transportation services to all the gewogs.
People's Democratic Party ( PDP) representative, Tandin Wangchuk said that national and constituency pledges are almost same because the pledges were broken down from national level.
Priority for constituency, since the people survive on agriculture, Tandin Wangchuk said that “Priority would be in the agriculture.” “But if I talk with my constituent who lives in Thimphu, then it is Thromde, if I speak to constituent who drives a truck, then it is roads. That way I cannot politically it would be wrong for me to say that this is my priority because it will be hurting the other voters.” In adding that, he said that they do have priority focused on rural where maximum people leaves in rural areas. “Agriculture, roads, irrigation, drinking water supply, electric fencing, 100 units free power, soling and blacktopping of roads, increasing the Gewog Development Grant (GDG), central School and many more.”
“Priority would be focused on improvement of rural living standard and even those for the Thromdes, for them it would be in their private business.”
We have to go on larger population, because in democracy majority wins. “My priority is the majority. The voter, whichever is bigger, that is my priority,” added Tandin Wangchuk.
Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) party representative, Nim Gyeltshen said that as most of the population live in rural areas whose livelihood depend on agricultures. Therefore, he pledges to prioritize for the solving of irrigation problem.
He said that the party will invest in irrigation schemes and bring all land suitable for irrigation under cultivation, and provide generous support for provision of irrigation water and also the party would ensure provision of safe and sufficient water for every household.
He also pledges for black topping of roads to Khotokha from the main road point as the place has the potential of becoming tourist hub.
“Rehabilitate and improve the existing farm roads by providing surfacing with proper drainage will be the first prioritize in my constituency,” added Nim Gyeltshen.
Next priority, he said that for his constituency, the party will strive to expand and improve the health sector. “Accord high priority to increasing the pool of doctors and specialists in all areas of medical care.”
He said that the party would provide at least one female Health Assistant to all Basic Health Units (BHUs) and construct additional BHUs in larger gewogs with more population and provide a utility van in every BHU- II.
He also pledges that the party would provide 3G/4G telecommunications connectivity in rural areas and do away with the five percent voucher tariff and restore emergency usage balance and also expand the national fiber connectivity to gewogs. He also pledges that the party would prioritize to Schools amongst others.
Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party ( BKP) representative, Sonam Tobgay said that BKP's first priority is 100 percent irrigation covering all 20 Dzongkhags and to all 205 gewogs which constitute about 63 percent of the populations are depending on agriculture. “They deserve due respect and due regards.”
They will also look at to address farm income, want to double the farm income through agro processing, value addition, other intervention in terms of increasing the life span of farm produce.” We will also ensure that there are affordable houses vent out for all citizen.
“We want to bring market to the production centres which farmer faces the problem of road block, low pricing and collision in border area places.”
Sonam Tobgay said that the party would increase GDG from 20 to 40 lakhs, and then will provide incentives to those couple having birth to every second child with Nu. 5,000. “Our population is so little, so in order to encourage population growth as our family size is going smaller and smaller.”
Meanwhile, AthangThedtsho constituency has eight gewogs and Bjena gewog itself have about 360 households.
Representatives of four political parties of Athang-Thedtsho constituency prioritize to provide reliable irrigation facilities and the safe drinking water supply